Clarification on Research Levels

Published on October 23, 2020 Dear Researchers, Many of you may be aware that the alert level on the Danforth Campus was changed from Yellow to Orange today. This change was prompted by a rise in COVID cases in the St. Louis area, which is disturbing news for all of us. The good news is […]

Increasing Laboratory Research Activity

Published October 19, 2020 Dear Laboratory Researchers, During the Lab Research Yellow Level ( we had asked labs to restrict their overall in-person laboratory activity to 60-80% of pre-COVID activity. This restriction was put in place to keep the density in our labs as low as possible. School and University Leadership has recognized that this […]

Lab Research Ramp-Up to Yellow-Level Survey Results

Published October 6, 2020 Dear Faculty, Staff and Trainees, Recently, the OVCR conducted a Laboratory Research Ramp-up Survey to get feedback since transitioning to the Yellow Level. We wanted to know about your recent experiences with the communications, access, adherence to guidelines, screening process, productivity barriers, and any other issues or challenges with the ramp-up process. The […]

SPA: Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital Designated and Chair Award Balances

Published September 22, 2020 As of July 1, 2020, the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital has been issuing Designated and Chair awards under a new cost reimbursable billing method. As a result, Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) is setting up a new WU fund under the new billing method and closing any existing funds that may […]

NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats

Published September 21, 2020 On September 14, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the following information: Effective October 5, 2020, NSF will begin enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. […]

EH&S Safety Reminder to Wear Proper Eye Protection in Research Areas

Published September 17, 2020 During these difficult times, protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has been on everyone’s mind. We wear face coverings, maintain six feet of distance from our colleagues, and wash or sanitize our hands often. However, two recent eye injuries caused by chemical splashes in Washington University research labs remind us that protecting ourselves […]

New SUBSystem coming this fall

Published September 24, 2020 As we prepare for the move to WorkDay, the SUBSystem that currently lives in AIS needed to be reconfigured to exist as an independent, web-based system. The Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS) and WashU IT worked with a development team to recreate the current SUBSystem on a platform outside of […]

New HRPO Help Services: IRB Consultations

Publisehd September 3, 2020 The Human Research Protection Office is pleased to announce a new consultation program to provide researchers and their team members in-depth protocol-specific guidance about the IRB review process. Upon request for a consultation, we will match you with an individual within HRPO who has the appropriate expertise specific to your area […]

In-Person Research for Undergraduate Students

Published August 31, 2020 Dear Colleagues, A​s of today, we have updated guidance for undergraduate students participating in in-person research activities. Faculty who wish to have undergraduates participate in in-person research, must add the undergraduate to their research ramp-up plan, and have these reviewed by the entity that is reviewing and approving their plans (in […]

Lab Research Ramp-up Survey

Published August 28, 2020 Dear Washington University Faculty, Staff, and Trainees, As you all know, Laboratory-based research activities on both campuses have been at the Yellow Level for several weeks. Careful planning and strict adherence to our safety requirements has allowed the University to slowly ramp-up laboratory research from Red to Orange and now Yellow […]